Six Arsenal stars set for axe as Arteta plots major squad overhaul

Date published: Sunday 2nd August 2020 3:39

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Mikel Arteta will be allowed to make major changes to his Arsenal squad this summer, with as many as six first-teamers set to leave.

The Gunners suffered a difficult season, finishing eighth in the league, but ended with a flourish by winning the FA Cup on Saturday.

The victory over Chelsea at Wembley has strengthened the Spaniard’s position within the club.

And to avoid a repeat of the struggles of much of the campaign, Arteta will need to invest this summer.

There will be limited funds available, however, so a number of departures will have to come first before any incomings.

Now, a report from the Daily Mirror speculates at which six stars could be set for the chop.

Defensive midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is first on the list. With the Frenchman’s disciplinary issues at the club well publicised.

Arteta banished the youngster following issues in the match with Brighton last month. And an exit would appear to be in the best interests of both parties.

Mesut Ozil is next in line, although his £350,000-per-week pay packet could put suitors off.

Greek defender Sokratis has fallen down the pecking order in the defensive ranks. He will also struggle for game time next season, with William Saliba and Pablo Mari also on the books.

 

On-loan playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has impressed by all accounts with Roma, and his temporary stay could become permanent.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has failed to make the impact of fellow academy graduates Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah. He has been linked with a move to Brighton.

Aubameyang still the biggest concern

Finally, and most certainly the most damaging of all, the exit of Gunners talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might still happen.

The Gabon hitman showed his qualities again as his two-goal salvo spearheaded Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph.

But despite Arteta’s claims after the match, Aubameyang’s future in north London remains uncertain – with just 12 months remaining on his current contract.

And at the age of 31 and the rebuild at Arsenal in its infancy, Aubameyang may seek to play out the remainder of his career for a club better placed to challenge for the game’s top honours.

 

 

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